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TREC Adventure

TREC Adventure

TREC GB are pleased to introduce a new online challenge – TREC Adventure.

Get ready to solve online puzzles as a TREC Competitor to navigate your way through our competition to earn your place on our leader board.

Why not team up with some fellow TRECcies, family or friends and have a virtual social evening?

We’ll send you everything you need to host & take part in the TREC Adventure. Click on the button below to sign up.

There is a small cost involved to take part in the TREC Adventure, £7 for 1-2 people, £14 for 3-4 and £21 for 5 or more.

We hope you join us in our Adventure!

Awards Nominations & Awards Evening 2021

Awards Nominations & Awards Evening 2021

TREC GB are pleased to announce that our Virtual Awards Evening will be held on Saturday 15th January via Zoom and we would like to invite you all to dig out your most glamourous tops & backgrounds and join us for an evening celebrating our achievements over the last 2 years.

Whilst there has been no Summer League for the past two years, we do have other awards to make and as part of these, to celebrate our wonderful organisers, volunteers and venues, TREC GB would like to invite nominations for any person or event for each of the following categories. Please respond by Tuesday 14th December. Voting will then commence via the website on Friday 17th December for successful finalists.

The categories are:

  1. Best 2020 or 2021 Summer Competition Venue
  2. Best 2020 or 2021 Summer POR
  3. Best 2020 or 2021 Summer PTV
  4. Best 2020 or 2021 Saturday Night Meal
  5. Best 2020 or 2021 Winter Competition Venue 
  6. Best Volunteer for 2020 or 2021
  7. Unsung Hero
  8. 2020 or 2021 Competition with best hospitality for judges
  9. Best 2020 or 2021 TREC Photo of the Year

Please take a moment to nominate via the website so we can reward organisers and volunteers for all of their hard work.
All nominations will be acknowledged on the website after the Virtual Awards Evening.

Autumn TRECathlon Challenge 2021

Autumn TRECathlon Challenge 2021

Following the success of our Spring Challenge, TREC GB are introducing a new Autumn Challenge which has been inspired by the Olympics and Paralympics, with a little help from the Pony Club Tetrathlon.

The Challenge will be over a shorter time period than the Spring Challenge – between Friday 22nd October and Sunday 7th November. This will allow for other commitments and to take advantage of the best weather opportunity.

The Challenge is FREE to TREC GB members; non-members can join the fun for an entry fee of £7.50.

How does it work?

You can choose a level which is comfortable for you or train to achieve something a little more difficult. And if you only wish to do one section, why not put together a ‘tag team’ to complete the Challenge between you?

Again, there are mounted and unmounted challenges, to allow everyone to take part.

  1. Based on a Triathlon / Tetrathlon format, pick a variation from three sections and a level from each which represents an achievable, but stretching challenge for you.
SectionOptionsChallenge Distance (km)
WaterSwimming 0.511.52
 Kayaking1234
 Rowing1234
 SUP1234
 Sailing1234
MountedRiding10202530
 Cycling 1020 25 30 
FootWalking 5101520
 Running1235
OtherPilates    
 Yoga    
 Shooting    
 Fencing    
  1. You can choose your own distances, but we will also give special awards for:
  • ‘Sprint’ TRECathlon – 400m swim, 20km ride and 5km walk
  • ‘Iron Maiden’ TRECathlon – 1,500m swim, 30km ride and 10km walk (Individual or teams)
  1. Then, for a bit of extra fun, why not add a bonus challenge? This can be anything related to any of the sections – or something completely different!
  2. Post your Challenges to the TREC GB Events Facebook page and start to prepare – let us know what you are planning and what ‘training’ you are doing.

Join us on our Facebook Group, introduce yourself and your horse, if you have one, and the challenge level you have selected. The Facebook Group is there to help you with motivation and encouragement towards your goals – your own support team from fellow Treccies!

As you progress through the challenges, keep a record of them on our Tracker sheet and, when completed, send it in to admin@trecgb.com.

Everyone who completes the Challenge will receive a Certificate and those who complete the ‘Sprint’ or ‘Iron Maiden’ Challenge over a single day, will receive a commemorative rosette.

Do I need a horse?

No! Anybody can take part whether they ride/own a horse or not.

When does the Autumn Halloween TRECathlon Challenge run?

The Challenge will be over a shorter time period than the Spring Challenge – between Friday 22nd October and Sunday 7th November. Aim to complete your Challenge over 1 or 2 days between 22nd October and 7th November – and post the evidence of what you have achieved.

New Winter Series Sponsors 2021-22

New Winter Series Sponsors 2021-22

TREC GB are pleased to announce that we have a new sponsor for the 2021 / 2022 Winter Series. ‘The Profiles Range’ and Equi-vation have kindly sponsored the series.

The Profiles Range are producers of British made ornamental metal works inspired by the Countryside. (House Signs, Weather Vanes and fantastic Gift Ideas)

www.animalbrackets.co.uk

Equi-vation produce storage solutions for your yard. (Feed Bins, Tack Lockers, Trunks and Stable Name Plates).

www.equivation.com

TREC GB Members: Login to the Members area and go to Member Discounts to receive a special offer code for both companies.

National Championships 2021 Results

National Championships 2021 Results

Congratulations to all competitors who competed in the TREC GB National Championships 2021. It was fantastic to see everyone enjoying the beautiful scenery in Wales and acheiving personal bests on the PTV course (who knew the S-Bend could be so tricky?).

Overall Results are now available here. Detailed results to follow as soon as possible.

A huge thank you to the organising team and the army of volunteers, without whom we would not have been able to run the competition.

National Championships 2021 Schedule now available

National Championships 2021 Schedule now available

The TREC GB National Championships 2021 at Brynllewelyn, Llanllwni, Pencader Carmarthenshire, SA39 9ED schedule is now available via the following link:

Entry is Online only.

Entry opens on Thursday 1st July 2021 at 10am for individuals and established pairs. Entry opens on Monday 12th July 2021 at 10am for non-established pairs.

Entries close  at midnight on Tuesday 20th July 2021 or earlier if the event is already full – although, in this case, a waiting list will be held.

From the relevant date, please follow this link:

You all know that TREC events cannot run without the generous help of our supporters and we require Judges and Volunteers to help at this event.

All helpers will be provided with a packed lunch on the days they are helping and volunteers who help on both days will be provided with a Saturday Evening Meal. 

If you have time to spare and are available to help at the Championships, this would be much appreciated. If so, please fill in the form on the link below. This will help greatly in the planning of the event and food orders.

Please contact us if you require further information.

We hope you can join us and look forward to seeing you there.

Senior Riders – Sheila Watson

Name:

Sheila Watson

Occupation:

Part time Architect`s secretary and B&B lady

Horse`s name age and breed:

Eldrick Redoubt aka Cricket dob 2003 Welsh D

Horse`s  history:

Bred by my neighbour, came to me as an entire 4yo to be broken, and stayed. He had to take over from my previous Welsh Cob TREC pony and had very smart shoes to fill.

How did you get into the sport of TREC?:

I`d heard of it but there was nothing at all locally so had to travel south for three hours to seek out our first training – and were hooked straight away.

What do you love about the sport?:

The camaraderie; the orienteering through countryside you wouldn`t usually get access to; the bonding with your pony; the whole weekend of competition.

What is your favourite phase and why?:

POR – we enjoy the “treasure hunt” of finding the correct route….

What advice would you give someone wanting to get in the sport?:

Give it a go, but find yourself a pair if you`re concerned about the POR.

And the moment of TREC you will never forget?:

Winning the GB level 4 championship with Cricket. (or Brigette greeting me with a whisky after I’d driven an unplanned five hours across Germany in an unknown vehicle, with an unknown trailer and pony, and a german speaking sat nav…)

Senior Riders – Dot Still

Occupation Livery Yard owner and taxi service for my boys.

Horse:  Wahiki aged 10 Irish Sport Horse, 15.2hh

Wahiki was bought as a 5 year old with the sole purpose of getting to Italy 2014 and beyond. He has a super temprement. He loves the obstacles and thinks it is all great fun. He will go all day on the POR with the minimum effort from me. He is non spooky  and a forward ride without being strong which all in all makes for the perfect TREC horse. He did qualify us for Italy but sadly I had an accident which meant I could not go. We persevered, we both became older and wiser and were selected to go to Spain in 2016 to the World Championships.

I was introduced to TREC by a friend who wanted to hire my outdoor school for a TREC training event. She suggested I have a go. I did and was totally hooked from that very day. I have competed in various equestrian disciplines and can honestly say TREC has given me the most fun on a horse.

I love the friendship it has given me, all over Europe. I love the bond it has created between Wahiki and myself, we are a team. I love the challenge of the maps and the terrain that we are sent across. I have ridden in some spectacular parts of the UK and indeed Europe. The peace away from my mobile for about 8 hours is just bliss!

The obstacles too are a lot of fun and although you practice at home, you just never know what might happen on the day. I enjoy the thrill of the PTV as it has a cross country element to it.

Finally I have met some lovely people and made some great friends both at home and abroad all with the same aims of enjoying their horses.

What is your favourite Phase and why?

Tricky one as I like them all for different reasons.

POR for the challenges

PTV for the excitement

COP for the chance to show that TREC horses have to be well schooled and obedient to gain good points ( the same could be said for the PTV too)

What advice would you give some one wanting to get into the sport?

Do it!!!!

It is a sport for all. Go to a local training event and give it a go. Look up TREC GB website to get more information.

And the one moment of TREC you will never forget!

Coming back from a back injury and coming 13th individually at the Worlds was a real high point and a great personal achievement.

Senior Riders – Jo McCormac

Occupation.

Student/Groom


Horse’s name ,age and breed.

Dubh, 17yo TB cross.

Horses history, how did they end up being a superstar TREC horse!

Dubh got dragged into TREC when my pony was unable to go to the World YR Champs in Italy. She had 2 weeks to be introduced to the entirety of the discipline and prepare to compete abroad, with just one competition under her belt – a very rainy stint at the Welsh Champs. Dubh was a fit endurance horse, too mad to do TREC, so it was quite the
adjustment. Still very much a work in progress, she has great potential when we can contain her excitement, she did a fantastic job in Italy so we are going to keep plugging away at it, she has been out a fair bit attending the Winter Series and this has helped her hone her skills.

How did you get into the sport of TREC?

Honestly no idea! I remember always wanting to get into it but couldn’t do it on Dubh, the mad ex-racehorse, as she’s downright insane at the best of times. When I got Tia my old pony, I got into the sport quickly with her, entering straight in at 2A/3 and attending the Young Rider European Champs in our first year competing in TREC and first year together – when she was unable to attend the Italy Champs in 2018 Dubh got dragged in as a back up.

What do you love about the sport?

I love the camaraderie. It really is second to none. I have competed in many disciplines for both pleasure and work, and nothing is as friendly and supportive yet competitive as TREC – people are keen competitors but are still welcoming and friendly, a pretty unique combination! My closest friends are ‘Treccies’ and the support network you can gain through TREC is just incredible, proven to me when I got a nasty bout of appendicitis at the National Champs in 2018 and offers of help flood in from people I knew well, and even those I’d never met. You won’t find a nicer bunch of people!

What is your favourite Phase and why?

POR, it has to be. I have an obsession with all things map, so combining horses and maps and adventuring is heaven for me. Exploring new areas is so exciting and the terrain so varied, it’s different everywhere you go and you really never know what is round the next corner! I love how at its simplest, you are going for a varied interesting ride with your horse; and yet at its extremes it requires extreme physical and mental stamina, precision, accuracy, skill, and the ability to do all of the above while controlling a half tonne animal with their own free-will! The buzz you get from it is exhilarating, after a post-POR nap of course.


What advice would you give some one wanting to get into the sport?

Offer to help or attend events to watch – the Winter Series is a good way to understand the rules and meet people when there is less pressure around, and help is always appreciated. Everyone is approachable and wants to get more people involved in TREC – so just be brave and ask people questions.


And the one moment of TREC you will never forget!

Crossing the finish line in Italy at the World Young Rider Champs on my super special horse Dubh. Tears of joy and extreme pride. Competing for GB on an ex-racehorse that was bought for tuppence as a dangerous project, that was written off by vets in 2015 due to varying health issues, who I spent 2 years slowly rehabilitating to return to work to then be taken out to Italy with next to no preparation but still gave it her all and did it in style finishing 2nd highest Brit. That is a feeling that will stick in my head forever.

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